1- A sweet innocent babysitter/nanny is put in danger and must fight for their life. The danger usually comes in Slasher or Supernatural form. (Halloween, When a Stranger Calls, House of the Devil.)
2- A babysitter/nanny puts her charge(s) in danger, because they're either evil, psychotic, or they're Supernaturally charged themselves. (The Guardian, When the Hand Rocks the Cradle, The Omen.)
Either of those very basic plots can be excellent when done right, but when they're done wrong, they end up feeling like some harder-edged Lifetime Movie of the Week... which is usually not a good thing at all.
For better and worse, Emelie is a little bit of both.
Later, as a mother and father are getting ready for a much needed night out (which ends up being a five hour dinner), their babysitter cancels on them, but says that her BFF Anna can fill in for her. Being shitty parents, they decide that leaving their kids with an absolute stranger is a fine idea, because they really need a night out.
|"WELL, WE CERTAINLY FEEL GREAT ABOUT LEAVING OUR SMALL CHILDREN WITH YOU, GIRL WE'VE NEVER MET BEFORE IN OUR LIVES."|
|"IT'S HEAVY THIS MONTH, SO REALLY WORK IT IN THERE FOR ME, WOULD YA, KID?"|
|WHAT A TWIST THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN...|
|"LET ME READ FOR YOU THE STORY OF MY PEOPLE."|
I don't even know how far I think they should have pushed it, but all I'm saying is that there really wasn't one time throughout this movie where I was worried for the kids, or on the edge of my seat about anything. Sarah Bolger was compelling, and she kept things interesting for the most part, but this is one Thriller that doesn't really offer too many thrills.
|NOW, IF SHE WOULD HAVE FED THE KID TO THE SNAKE...|
Not only is most of it predictable, but it's equally as implausible. How did Emelie know about the family, their babysitter, and her best friend who was going to fill in for her? And why would Emelie wait for so long into the evening to do what it was she came there to do? "Let's terrorize the kids, and then when the parents are on the way home, let's scramble like mad to execute the plan?" I know she was a nutjob, but come on.
|THEY LOOK SO HAPPY.|
And what was with the flip phones and the VHS tape? Is this movie set in the 90's or something?
And what kind of asshole parents would leave their kids with a girl they've never met before, even if she was pretending to be a friend of a friend?
I'd really like to see a French Horror filmmaker do a movie like Emelie, because they'd probably be able to push the subject matter to the most horrific point, and maximize its terrifying potential... which would have made us care far less about the story elements that didn't quite ring true.
|EMELIE BY WAY OF MARTYRS OR INSIDE WOULD HAVE BEEN COOL.|
|SHE GOT KNOCKED THE FUGG OUT!|
|LOVELY, BUT FULLY CLOTHED.|
|GIRL, YOU GOT SOME ISSUES.|
All told, I'm probably being a bit generous with the grade here, but the movie is not without its merit.
Emelie is available now on VOD.
Sarah Bolger can babysit us anytime.